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ONE area the President Muhammadu Buhari regime appears to have recorded noticeable impact is the transport sector, which has Hon Rotimi Amaechi as the Minister in-charge.

Surprisingly, in spite of obvious political differences with the regime of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Buhari has continued to extend the revitalisation of the rail projects commenced during that era. These include completion of the Abuja city – Abuja Airport rail line/Airport Station and the Abuja – Kaduna standard gauge railway lines

However, not much progress has been recorded on the Lagos – Kano railway line. The Eastern rail project appears to lag far behind the rest.  So also is the Lagos-Ibadan line.The major impediment to the restoration and modernisation of our rail network is poor financing, especially the abysmal response of the budgetary process to the needs of the sector, and perhaps,…



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